Foreign banks finish licence legwork

BRIEF: E.SUN Commercial Bank and State Bank of India – the last of the foreign lenders that won approval to open branches in Myanmar earlier this year – have finished the entry process and begin this week fully licensed. The Central Bank announced late last week that E.SUN Commercial Bank and State Bank of India […]

Myanmar Payment Union to Upgrade ATM Card System

RANGOON — The Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) signed with Vietnamese telecom multinational FPT and the National Payment Corporation of Vietnam (NAPAS) on Sunday to initiate a financial switching system, Zaw Lin Htut, chief executive officer of the MPU, told The Irrawaddy. As MPU’s partners, FPT and NAPAS will—starting this year—help facilitate a system upgrade for ATM […]

Free from sanctions, state-owned MFTB upgrades services

One of three state-owned financial institutions recently taken off the US sanctions list says it has made a concerted effort to upgrade its services since the current government took power in April, under instruction from the Ministry of Planning and Finance. Myanma Foreign Trade Bank, established in 1976, held a monopoly on the foreign exchange […]

Myanmar’s fast-food industry attracts US attention as sanctions ease

US fast-food firms could flood into Myanmar after the easing of US-imposed sanctions to improve bilateral trade and allow more financial transactions to take place. The US Treasury, for instance, has removed from a blacklist seven state-owned enterprises and three state-owned banks – the Myanma Economic Bank, Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, and Myanma Investment and […]

Financial system to struggle despite sanctions relief

Amendment to US sanctions against Myanmar aimed at supporting economic growth still leave an array of barriers to trade between the two countries. Effective yesterday, the United States removed three state-owned banks from its blacklist of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs), and added two military-owned lenders to a general licence that allows financial transactions with those […]

Private banks impose extra charge on international money transfers

YANGON—Several of Myanmar private banks are charging nearly Ks 15 (US$0.015) per US dollar on international money transfers in addition to the transfer service fee, raising concerns among the local business people. “I usually work with my export earnings deposited in United Amara Bank, Asia Green Development Bank and Kanbawza Bank, especially for importing cars,” […]